There are many ways to reach the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington. For those traveling by car, parking options are listed below. For the latest information on parking lot closures or changes, visit the General Administration parking page.
Try the Intercity Transit "Dash" Shuttle.
From I-5 Southbound: Take "Exit 105 to State Capitol", keep left for Exit 105A, and continue .8 miles to the roundabout at Jefferson Avenue. Continue straight through the roundabout and under the tunnel to Capitol Blvd. Continue across Capitol Blvd to the Capitol Building on Sid Snyder Ave SW (14th Ave becomes Sid Snyder Ave).
From I-5 Northbound: From I-5 Northbound: Take Exit 105 and bear left for the State Capitol/City Center exit. Cross over Interstate 5 and continue .3mi to the roundabout at Jefferson Ave. Continue straight through the roundabout and under the tunnel to Capitol Blvd. Continue across Capitol Blvd to the Capitol Building on Sid Snyder Ave SW (14th Ave becomes Sid Snyder Ave).
For more information, call the Department of General Administration’s Visitor Services office in the Legislative Building at (360) 586-3460.
Public transportation is also an option even after you've parked your car, and the local bus service (Intercity Transit) in Olympia offers many low-cost routes to the Capitol Campus and other state buildings. Intercity Transit also coordinates with connecting transportation systems in neighboring counties. Following are links to those public transit systems. If you have further questions about public transportation routes to the Capitol Campus or other state buildings, please contact the transit system as listed at the web site:
Detailed Map of Capitol Campus (PDF)
There are nine parking locations available for visitors to the Capitol:
1. Visitor Information Center Parking. Parking is available at the Visitor Information Center at 14th Avenue and Capitol Way. The charge is $1.50 per hour. For visitor parking information at other locations on the Capitol Campus grounds, please contact the state government Campus Parking Office at (360) 725-0030.
2. North and South Diagonal Parking. Located along the North and South Diagonal streets on the Capitol Campus. There is a $1.50 per hour charge.
3. General Administration Parking Garage (upper level) on the corner of 11th Avenue and Columbia Street. There is a $1.50 per hour charge. No SUVs, vans or trucks. These vehicles can park on the west side of the General Administration Building.
4. General Administration Building, located at 11th Avenue and Columbia Street. There are 35 visitor parking stalls on the west side (facing Capitol Lake) of the building. There is a $1.50 per hour charge.
5. Natural Resources P1 Parking Lot off Washington Street is metered parking.
6. Professional Arts Building at 11th Avenue and Washington Street. The 48-stall lot includes a meter that accepts payment with either a debit or credit card. The cost is $1.50 per hour. Free Dash shuttle service is also offered at this lot.
7. Capitol Campus Visitor Parking at Maple Park Avenue and Jefferson Street. Parking is $1.50 an hour.
8. Capitol Campus Visitor Parking at Farmers Market at the north end of Capitol Way (available January through March only). Parking is $1.50 an hour. Intercity Transit’s free Dash shuttle serves this lot every 12 minutes on weekdays, taking passengers between the Capitol Campus and downtown Olympia.
9. Deschutes Parkway. Intercity Transit serves Deschutes Parkway weekdays every 15 minutes. Other bus routes operate throughout the region and serve the Olympia Transit Center where passengers can transfer to Routes 12, 13, and 68 for service to the Capitol Campus. For route and schedule information, call (360) 786-1881 or visit www.intercitytransit.com. The fare is $1 for a single ride and $2 for an all-day pass. State employees working in Thurston County ride all Intercity Transit services free with a STAR Pass. Intercity Transit also operates a free Dash Shuttle along Capital Way between the Capitol campus and downtown Olympia. Service is every 12 minutes.
To Deschutes Parkway from I-5 Southbound: Take exit 103 and proceed on 2nd Avenue; turn left onto the Custer Way overpass; turn right on Boston, proceed downhill to Deschutes Parkway; turn right (north) onto the Parkway and proceed to the designated parking area along Capitol Lake.
To Deschutes Parkway from I-5 Northbound: Take exit 103 and proceed north on Deschutes Parkway through the stop sign to the designated parking area along Capitol Lake.
Persons with Disabilities: Those needing auxiliary aids or services for purposes of attending hearings or participating in other legislative activities should call the House of Representatives at (360) 786-7101 or the Senate at (360) 786-7400 for further information. TTY 1-800-635-9993.
School Buses (Scheduled) – Parking is available near the Capitol Building for school bus groups who have a scheduled tour through GA’s Visitor Services Program.* Parking is located on the South Diagonal, just off Capitol Way. Passengers will be guided to the site where they will meet a tour guide.
School Buses (Unscheduled) – There is no reserved parking available for buses bringing unscheduled school tour groups to the Capitol. Please unload at the Winged Victory Monument traffic circle at the west end of the South Diagonal, then proceed to the parking area along Deschutes Parkway. Return to the Winged Victory Monument shortly before departure time.
Tour and Special Event Buses – Tour/special events buses may not park on the Capitol Campus without prior approval from GA.* Load and unload on Columbia St., between 15th Ave. and Sid Snyder Ave. If full, the Winged Victory Monument traffic circle and South Diagonal can be used as a load/unload area. Once unloaded, park along Deschutes Parkway. At pickup time, please shut off the engine while waiting. Do not block 14th Ave. westbound waiting to enter the Capitol Campus. If traffic is backed-up entering the campus, go right on Capitol Way; then right on 11th Ave.; right on Jefferson St.; and then right again back on to 14th Ave.
Special Needs –
Buses that need special accommodations can drop off and load at the southeast corner of the Legislative Building. No waiting is allowed at this location and drivers must park in either handicapped parking or on Deschutes Parkway.
*GA Visitor Services Program
Legislative Bldg Room 111
Capitol Campus Parking: www.ga.wa.gov/Park/visitor.htm